An Empirical Model to Estimate Achievable Adoption Potential of Annual Pasture Legumes in Western Australian Farming Systems

By Kawsar Parveen Salam, Roy Murray-Prior, David Bowran and Moin Us Salam.

Published by The Technology Collection

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In the last two decades, a number of annual pasture legumes have been released in Western Australia. A question frequently raised is whether the adoption of these pastures has been successful or not. In this study, an empirical model was developed to estimate achievable adoption potential of annual pasture legumes for Western Australian farming systems. The model consisted of two components, calculating the averaged annual adoption rate and quantifying the time required to reach the maximum adoption potential of an annual pasture legume. The former was developed using multiple linear regression analysis and the latter with a simple linear regression analysis. The developed model performed well when tested independently for two annual pasture legumes using inputs from two different sources. The model was applied to highlight how it could guide researchers on increasing the achievable adoption potential of annual pasture legumes through improving the pasture characteristics in the selection and/or breeding programme. Although it is intended to be used as a research tool, the model can be of benefit to other stakeholders.

Keywords: Perceived Pasture Characteristics, Predicting Pasture Adoption, Technology Characteristics

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.43-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.635MB).

Kawsar Parveen Salam

PhD Student, Agribusiness, Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia & Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, Northam, Australia

Kawsar Salam is a Technical Officer in the unit of Quantifying and Predicting Agricultural Systems in the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia. Currently, she is a full-time PhD student at the Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.

Dr. Roy Murray-Prior

Senior Lecturer, Agribusiness, Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia, Muresk, Australia

Dr. Roy Murray-Prior is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agribusiness and Wine Science in Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.

Dr. David Bowran

Manager, Department of Agriculture and Food, Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, Northam, Australia

Dr. David Bowran is the Manager of Agricultural Systems Research in the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia.

Dr. Moin Us Salam

Senior Research Officer, Department of Agriculture and Food, Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, Northam, Australia

Dr. Moin Salam is the Project Manager of the unit of Quantifying and Predicting Agricultural Systems Research in the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia.

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